Bajaj is all vocal about the Dominar 400 stamping on Royal Enfield
When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. I, for one, was actually very confused at this conjecture made by both Bajaj and the moto fraternity on how they interpreted this rivalry. There wasn’t any in the first place if you ask me.
To veer off loyalists from sticking onto Royal Enfields, Bajaj has started a Bulldog battle aiming straight at those RE purists and urge them to chuck the elephants and take onto the Dominar 400.
The mighty BMW HP4’s engine lasts only for 5000 kilometers.
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call the HP4 ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. And if you are hunting for one of these now, you may probably be very late. Even if you have $78,000 on you to spare, as only a handful of 750 will be built by the German technocrats.
Assuming you have already placed an order for yourself and are one amongst the 1 unit dedicated to the India, know that this strictly track-only bike will roughly last you somewhere between 10 to 15 full blown track days at your favourite circuit. And after that, it’s time for a brand new engine swap.
Can the LS-2?? R get back the mojo for Lightning?
Countering to the deals that lurk all around the use of combustion fuel and its effects on the environment, a greater deal of thought is gone into using alternative sources to power our vehicles, and one such company is Lightning Motorcycles. It has been involved in manufacturing electric motorcycles for almost a decade now and beams with superior efficiency, performance, and affordability than current gasoline alternatives.
Their first mass production model, the LS-218, was the fastest and most brutal machine running on electric power currently. It held three land speed records at the Bonneville salt flats including a 218 mph stint (hence the name) and many others until came the mighty Kawasaki Ninja H2R track only bike that did two mph more than the LS and snatched the throne.
Now, the company wants to get back its mojo with its second production bike, the LS-2?? R. Yes, there are two ‘question marks’ in the name but don’t worry, you’ll not have to call it so. At least not until it sets a new top speed figure at this year’s Bonneville Speed Week.
Walkaround the upcoming Fazer 250.
Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. Then, Yamaha had launched Fazer In the year 2008 under the FZ series, the Japanese Blue’s wonderful semi-faired sports tourers. It provided a perfect balance between the aggressive of Yamaha’s true-blue super sports and the very practical naked roadsters termed under the brand ‘FZ’.
Recently, Yamaha added a new boy to the FZ lineup, the FZ25. This is their official entry to the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. Like history repeating itself, Yamaha is all gunning out to launch another faired tourer and call it the Fazer 250. And as per these new images and videos, Yamaha has gotten their testing phase done with and the full spec production versions will be rolling out soon. This time it gets a fully-faired kit rather than the erstwhile Fazer in India.
Suzuki has launched the updated Gixxer SF with ABS.
Not all debuts are sure shot hits – ask Suzuki. When the Japanese manufacturer made its entry on its own almost a decade ago, it didn’t have a start as good as expected. Except for the 125cc scooter Access, no other product from Suzuki in India could shake up the already established models in their respective segments.
Then came the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer and its faired sibling, the Gixxer SF. They became an instant hit in the mass market segment and over the years, they kept updating their best motorcycle to keep in touch with the growing competition. In 2017 too, the bikes received updates that gave them new dual tone paint schemes, disc brakes and graphics along with BH4 compliance and AHO unit. Now, the bike also gets a single channel ABS safety system under its umbrella.
Carberry Motorcycles launched a brand new 1 lire V-twin engine.
Carberry Motorcycles has been the new kid on the block for the custom scene in the country. The company that was the brainchild of an Australian chap, Paul Carberry, started ‘Dream Engines and Modifications (DEM)’ which started production in 2016 at Bhilai, Chattisgarh.
Their first product was christened as the ’Double Barrel’, an engine that gets the long 90mm stroke engine inherited from RE and uses the cylinders, heads and choice of 4 or 5-speed gearbox from RE. The company has just launched this new engine for enthusiasts around the world for ₹ 4.96 lakh. But there is a small catch here, its just not yet available for everybody.
Triumph and Bajaj enter into a global partnership
A few days ago, Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto said, "We are very close to finalising a very promising alliance, it’s not certain, that it will happen, but if it happens, it will open up enormous possibilities for the company."
Today, however, a press release cleared the air and has managed to lift up all eyebrows. The alliance Bajaj was talking about was a global partnership with the British legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph.
Honda cars wants to make use of Honda Motorcycle’s dealer reach to boost rural sales.
When Honda entered India, it did so with four ventures: Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). Now, the company operates out of two modes, HMSI for the two wheeler division and Honda Motor for the four wheeler division.
With the two-wheeler operation of the company getting some serious business, Honda Motor is trying to tap that source and double its share in the automobile market in the coming future. For this, Honda Motor will collaborate with the former’s dealer network, distribution and customer base and try to capture the rural reach.
Royal Enfield will get two models in its upcoming 750cc range.
In a bid to create a niche market for themselves, the post-British Royal Enfield has a newfound interest in having multiple cylinders under its hood with added capacities. As we have been speculating about it ever since it was caught testing in Spain last year, fresh new spied shots of the bike has been surfacing the internet for a while now.
With these latest image snapped by enthusiasts on a social media platform, we now have proof of not one, but two 750cc motorcycles will be joining the bandwagon for 2018. Although there is minimal camouflaging, I think I’ve already fallen for this Classic 750 sprouting in all vibrant colours.
India becomes the top production base for Honda worldwide.
Honda entered the Indian market in 2001 with two scooters - a segment which was believed to be taking its last breath at the time of their arrival. Against all the odds, both the scooters - Activa and Dio - went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company, which went on to become the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market.
The company has come a long way since then and are on fire to go reach even higher heights. In the process, the Japanese Red has, together with its allied suppliers, invested ₹ 5400 crores into the Karnataka plant in Narasapura that just became the biggest two wheeler manufacturer for Honda in the entire world.
Ducati has asked us to save the date for "The sound of a new era".
Unless you have been living under a rock all this while, Ducati has stopped working on its superstar L - twin Superquadro powerhouse that made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.
We must accept the end of something in order to build a new something which can take you past that feeling. It is becoming ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition; its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak.
2017 Moto guzzi V7 III
Celebrating 95 years for a company is a big thing, and to have survived against all the odds was a mountainous task for Moto Guzzi. Even after having such a rich racing history of winning almost 3000 races and a couple dozen world championships, the name Moto Guzzi had eerily vanished from the motorcycle scene, until now. The calm before the storm.
Paying tribute to their past, MG headed to a major revival plan and launched the new range of V9 platform that angles towards the cruiser style rather than the V7’s roadster theme. And now, the brand is getting the third iteration of their most celebrated model, the V7 which is also the first model created by MG. Celebrating the 50th year of the first, the brand is launching the V7 III which will have four editions to it: Stone, Special, Racer and a celebratory entrant Anniversario.
Manufacturers and now foraying into the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. And for Moto Guzzi, it has its own deep roots to draw upon for inspiration from which the ‘V7s have been prepped up for the consciousness of the new generation of motorcycling. The V7 models will be the same breed of bikes that differ slightly to imprint different characters carrying the same soul.